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Adam LaRoche ready to roll against Phillies
by Marty Gitlin |

Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has returned to the lineup Wednesday in Philadelphia after missing one game with a back problem.

LaRoche hopes to emerge from a slump that has limited him to just five hits in his last 33 at-bats.

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Erasmo Ramirez has chance to stay in M's rotation
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Mariners officially recalled starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez for Wednesday's game against the Rangers. Manager Lloyd McClendon said it is "very possible" Ramirez stays in the rotation heading into September, according to

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James Paxton's demotion to minors is temporary
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Mariners announced Wednesday they optioned starting pitcher James Paxton to Triple-A Tacoma to clear a roster spot for Erasmo Ramirez, who was recalled from the minors. However, Paxton will be recalled when rosters expand Sept. 1, and he will make his next start Tuesday against the A's.

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Anthony Rizzo a no-go Wednesday with back problem
by Marty Gitlin |

Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo has been sidelined for the Wednesday night game against Cincinnati with a back ailment.

His absence is a blow to the team. Rizzo has been on a power surge with five home runs since Aug. 12. He has 10 hits in his last eight games to sweeten his stat line to .278/.375/.514.

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Hamstring injury forces Travis Snider out of Wednesday game
by Marty Gitlin |

The Pirates have announced that right fielder Travis Snider was removed from the Wednesday game with left hamstring discomfort. He will undergo treatment and be evaluated again Thursday.

Snider was taken out for a pinch-runner in the third inning after beating out a bunt single.

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Sergio Santos out, Chad Jenkins in for Blue Jays
by Marty Gitlin |

Reliever Sergio Santos has been designated for assignment by the Blue Jays for the second time this season. The team has promoted fellow right-hander Chad Jenkins from Triple-A Buffalo.

Santos punched his ticket out with his latest performance. He gave up three runs in 1/3 of an inning and took the loss Sunday.

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Travis Snider out of Wednesday game with apparent injury
by Marty Gitlin |

Pirates right fielder Travis Snider has been removed from the Wednesday game against St. Louis. He was replaced by a pinch-runner in the bottom of the third inning after beating out a bunt single. No specifics about the injury are yet available.

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Brayan Pena grabbing some pine against Cubs
by Marty Gitlin |

A massive slump has Reds catcher/first baseman Brayan Pena out of the lineup Wednesday night against the visiting Cubs. Todd Frazier is set to play first with Kris Negron at third.

Pena has just two hits in his last 20 at-bats. His .374 slugging percentage is at its lowest point since June 28.

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Rusney Castillo reports for first official workout
by Michael Hurcomb |

Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo, who recently signed a seven-year, $72.5 million contract, reported to the team's training complex in Florida Wednesday to go through his first official workout. Rusney stretched, jogged and played catch on a practice field.

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Alexei Ramirez slugging better than .500 in August
by Michael Hurcomb |

White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez homered for the second straight game during an 8-6 loss Tuesday against the Indians. He finished 2 for 5 with two runs and three RBI.

Ramirez hit a two-run homer off T.J. House in the fifth inning to give Chicago a 5-4 lead. He then tied the game at 6 with an RBI groundout in the seventh.

Ramirez is batting .303 with a .506 slugging percentage, .832 OPS, three home runs, nine doubles, 12 RBI, 13 runs and one stolen base in 22 August games.

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